DURHAM, N.H. – Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored 14 points and became the 17th member of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team's 1,000-point club, and the Wildcats won their sixth straight game, 60-45, against the University of Vermont on Monday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With its sixth straight win, UNH upped its record to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in the America East conference. The Catamounts dipped to 5-13, 2-3 AE.
New Hampshire shot 24 of 44 from the field to log a .545 field goal percentage. Vermont was held to 17 of 58 shooting to register .293 clip. The Wildcats outrebounded the Catamounts by a plus-nine advantage (37-26), including 27-14 on the defensive boards.
Hogan reached the milestone with 59 seconds left in the match to net her 1,000th career point on a free throw. The senior co-captain shot 5 of 8 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) paced the Wildcats in scoring with a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) also recorded 14 points in the victory. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toldeo, Ohio) snagged eight rebounds as well and dished out three assists.
Junior forward Kayla Burchill and freshman guard Kristina White paced Vermont in scoring with 11 points. Burchill and freshman guard Kylie Butler each tallied three steals in a losing effort.
The Wildcats opened the scoring on the first possession as Belanger netted a layup. UVM countered with a layup of its own from Burchill to even the score. Vermont carved out a small lead on a 5-1 run to lead 6-3 with 15:22 left in the first half. UNH recaptured the lead on back-to-back treys from Hogan and Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) to lead 9-6.
After consecutive jumpers made from the Catamounts, UNH bounced back with a jumper by Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) followed by another 3-pointer from Hogan, to take a 14-10 advantage. Despite the scoring surge, UVM pulled within a point at 16-15 with 9:38 remaining in the first half.
New Hampshire extended its lead again, sparked by four consecutive field goals from Coia to produce an 8-2 run. UNH held its largest lead with 2:30 to go in the frame at 33-21. Vermont slashed the deficit down to seven at 33-26, capped off by a Kylie Atwood 3-pointer with eight seconds left, entering halftime.
The Catamounts opened the second half on a 9-2 to level the score at 35 all. However, New Hampshire immediately responded with a run of its own, scoring 10 consecutive points in a span of 5 minutes, 33 seconds.
UNH continued to apply the pressure, stretching its lead to 51-36 with 6:54 to go in the half, the largest of the match.
Vermont was able to snap a 3 minute, 35 second scoring drought at 6:26 in the frame as Taylor converted a pair of free throws. However, the Catamounts could not muster another rally as the Wildcats preserved its double-digit lead for the remainder of the game and register the 60-45 victory.
New Hampshire and Albany (15-3, 5-0 AE) square off in a battle of America East unbeatens Thursday, Jan. 23 in a 12 p.m. match at SEFCU Arena. UNH is back in action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.), hosting Binghamton University. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000.